Sonos Playbar vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Sonos Playbar vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
5.5
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
5
10

Sonos Playbar vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Sonos Playbar
vs
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Sonos Playbar vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Sonos Playbar was rated 5.5, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, play/pause, volume up, volume down for the Playbar and microphone, action for the Smart Soundbar 300.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Playbar via wireless, but Smart Soundbar 300 has wired and wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Sonos Playbar for audio features and specs, but the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the Smart Soundbar 300. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Smart Soundbar 300. Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the Smart Soundbar 300 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 equipped with a microphone. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Playbar or Smart Soundbar 300. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over Sonos Playbar

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Model

Playbar
Smart Soundbar 300

Brand

Sonos
Bose

Reviews

1767
79

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
66 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.6/8

Other

Release year

2013
2020
Sonos Playbar
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Sonos Playbar
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 7.6
  • 5.5Sonos Playbar
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Smart Soundbar 300 price

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